Town Hall Meeting : July 12 on Prince George’s Zoning Rewrite

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The Prince George’s County Council will have a Town Hall meeting Tuesday, July 12 from 7-9 p.m. at the Eleanor Roosevelt High School Auditorium, 7601 Hanover Parkway, Greenbelt, MD 20770.  The public is encouraged to attend and participate.

Staff and consultants for the Prince George’s County Planning Department are well along in their three-year project to update and modernize the County’s 50-year old zoning law and subdivision regulations.  The purpose of the project is to simplify 1,000 pages of complex zoning law and subdivision regulations into a document that is more flexible and easier to use and understand.

Last fall the consultants released Module 1 , which proposes zone name changes, zone consolidations and new zones, uses, and a greatly streamlined set of use tables.  Module 2  was released this spring, and addressed important standards for landscaping, open space, parking, signage, lighting standards and public facility adequacy.  Later this year we will see the release of Module 3, concerning administration and procedures and preparation of a comprehensive review draft.  Introduction and adoption of an updated zoning ordinance and subdivision regulations by the District Council is scheduled for 2017.  The new standards would likely be effective six months after adoption.

What will the zoning rewrite mean for AOBA members?  Although nothing is locked in until a comprehensive draft is presented, it appears that:

·        Everything legal today would be grandfathered

·        Expansions and improvements would fall under the new standards

·        Properties would be moved into the nearest applicable new zoning category

·        Greater flexibility in uses would be allowed in commercial and multifamily zones

·        Less parking may be required in areas served by transit

See updates on the Zoning Rewrite Project.  For further information on the project contact Chad Williams at 301-952-3171 .